When the why doesn’t come

At the end of my shift, I was confronted by a patient’s son. He comes in every day from 4-6PM to see his mother. Her case is very complicated and raises many questions. Prior to her hospitalization, she was a high functioning person. She walked, spoke, cooked, cleaned, probably danced, and was probably cherished by many people. Perhaps those are my own hopes for her, but either way, she was a woman living in an…

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It Was a Day

I’ve just returned home from a long shift. I remember when they told us shifts were 12 hours long. They never mentioned that 12 hours actually isn’t enough in many cases. To do what we do, and to do it well, it takes more than that. They say nursing is 24 hours…they’re not wrong. I truly get that. Today presented many of the usual obstacles. A few rapid responses. A septic work-up. Inserting a Foley…

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